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Subject: First time user
This site is fantastic. I just discovered it. I have been searching for a recording of this show for a long time. It has, what came to be known among my friends freshman year in college(1985-86,) the quintessential Scarlet>Fire. We all believed it to be the best we had ever heard. While I know many, many great versions are out there, this one will never be topped for me. I am sure that is partly due to the fact that it was one of the first ones I had ever heard over and over. But also because it is just a smoking, hot version. The mix is much better than the ones I have heard over the years. Brent's organ is much less prominent. Not that I don't like his organ, but in other recordings I heard, it almost overpowered Scarlet. This is truly fantastic. Thanks.
Subject: good show
pretty average first set selection wise, some stand outs, well played in general
great song selection second set, interesting scarlet fire, nice for 81, estimated and eyes smoke, the spanish space as it were is very interesting i liked it, morning dew is good as well
Subject: ever since she went and got a sex change!
A ROTTEN shame!
que up to about 2:30 in Truckin.
the audience patches are annoying but the performance is a 6 star so this show gets a 5 fo sho!
Because of my age, this time period was one where things got real busy real fast. College was over and it was time to start something and so on. I didn't get to too many shows for a few years; about 1978 through 1985 I saw maybe 4 or 5. Hearing this recording makes me wish I'd gone to a few more. But then I say that about every GD era! What impresses me here is how fine a voice Brent was in the mix. I know he took a raft of shit from a lot of Deadheads, but they are wrong. Brent brought A LOT to GD and it's evidenced on this recording. Brent comps Jer really nice on FOTD. Blessings to all of you out there who I would undoubtedly recognize if we saw each other in person.
Neil Skelton -
Subject: 8-12-81 a perfect evening of music
I am 37 and have seen hundreds of shows listened to over 1500 shows, 1976-77 is my favourite era except for 1981 they guys were refreshed and recharged by Brents (now solid) contributions and flair. Jack A Roe, St. Of Circumstance-Scarlet-Fire, Estimated-eyes, Morning Dew Spanish Jam am I missing anything WOW!
And for the dolt who thinks this show sounds poor or un-even American Idols back on hurry!
Subject: Saint for sure
I'm not usually a big Saint fan being an older head (still stuck in the 60's and 70's) but WOW! Garcia was out of his mind here! Plus Bobby screaming " What the F@#$ you gonna do now" during the rip roaring climax of the song. Especially in this very religious right wing town. WOW!
I am hearing this version for the first time
(how did this version fall through the cracks?) and I am just now peeling myself off the floor! WOW! A must listen. I have a new found appreciation for Saint now, especially after hearing this version. Have I mentioned, WOW!
Just an interesting historical comment on this show. The reason this show happened was because a group of friends in SLC got a petition going for the Dead to play Salt Lake. Over 7,000 signitures were collected and the rest is history. What a treat having the Dead play in your back yard instead of having to travel.
L. Rosley -
Subject: Plenty of shows have better sound
The sound is pretty bad, and is inconsistent. The balance is off, as well. For instance, sometimes Bob's guitar is right up front while Jerry can barely be heard. There are aud recordings better than this.
The performance is average for this time period. There are plenty of '81 shows here that are good shows with good sound.
this has long been one of my favorite altheas, if not THE favorite althea. it is laid back, articulate with only minor weaknesses in spots as opposed to outright flubs, and after the last verse, jerry, bob and phil tune this one up to a new level. seriously. it is a sleeper version that deserves "11" on the volume dial to be properly appreciated.
this is a mega show. unfortunately, even the fresh board tapes of this that circulated in the '80s were slightly muddy. of course, this is analog talking, not the digi precision that has spoiled us. i still love it.
Enlightened Deadhead -
Subject: Salt Lake
Dead appearances in SLC always rock and bring out the best in all involved. Sound seems not quite soundboard, but more like cardboard in places. A tiny bit fast.
Subject: Great show!
Lost Saint deserves mention, too, for being totally rippin', even with the cut during Sailor.
My version of this, which I got DAT>VHS years ago, doesn't have the aud patches BUT the sbd quality is completely amazing. I suspect the circulating version got hosed, somehow, based on the below comments. No noticeable hiss or degradation in my copy, at all.
Subject: Jerry's hair wasn't grey, the band rocked!
Three things on this day in 81: I spent the day driving around Salt Lake valley and the canyons in a MG Midget borrowed for the day (first real sports car experiance -> haven't quit since), traded the roadster for the bus at the Salt Palace (the first of _many_ shows), and found out there's only one way to go and that's higher. Okay, so the sound quality is lacking - tell me it's not better than the 3rd gen cassette of this show that you traded a quart of organic carrot juice for; I didn't think so. GSET and Fire are some of the best of the era, but I'm biased.
Subject: u people must have ur thumb in a hole...
how any one can say this sounds great...
this soundboard sounds like...
i'll give a "great show"
but the sound...BAH!!!
Jerry's turns on Fire are absolutely out of this world. Ridiculous runs and copious amounts of feedback. Unbelieveable. The rest of the show is awesome too. Grate Dew! Though the sound quality kind of falters. Starts off as a decent AUD and cuts to A+ SBD during a heavenly FOTD. The Jack A Roe is GOLD. The band is super tight. This is just another day at the office for the Grateful Dead and another blowout. Sound Quality is unreal. Estimated is AUD.
Bill V -
Great show overall,highlights for me:Scarlet>Fire>Estimated.Jerry was truly inspired and supported beautifully by the band members and visa versa. "don't worry 'bout it..." D/L now.
Subject: First Show
This one has a special place in my heart as it was the first show I ever traveled to and REALLY experianced. The old Salt Palace was like a space ship inside, and I was so blown away that I ended up on the bus and my life was never the same again. I am delighted to find such a great copy.
capn doubledose -
Subject: Great Scarlet>Fire
Very good somehow I always thought this was a little better however. Fire is when it starts picking up steam and Est > eyes is really hot... Dew which was a rarity in '81 was a nice treat and agree with the althea being hot + FOTD++
BEST ALTHEA EVER...
Bobby in Truckin: "ever since she went and had a sex change, all a friend can say is 'ain't it a shame.'"
Subject: Please disregard this I goofed !
I intended to revise my Las Vegas review and stupidly submitted it here instead, sorry !
Subject: One of the Greatest shows ever
Awesome , first set is a little weak. C.C.rider is cool , but ,the entire 2nd set rocks! Maybe the best Scarlet->Fire I have ever heard.Est->Eyes->Brent&Drums is great! can't say enough about this show.